Mets RHP Jacob deGrom allowed five runs on nine hits in seven and 1/3 innings during a 5-4 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night.
DeGrom (13-6, 3.35 ERA) limited the Yankees to three runs through the first five innings, but fell victim to Gary Sanchez's home run in the sixth, as well as a sacrifice fly in the eighth. He recorded one out in the eighth inning before being replaced by Jerry Blevins.
It was the 29-year-old deGrom's third loss in four starts, despite a 1.82 ERA since June 12.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): Facing the Yankees in Yankee Stadium is never easy, but Jake did well. In the end, he mixed and matched his way in the eighth inning, while using just 100 pitches.
He entered the night 9-2 with a 1.82 ERA in his previous 11 starts, spanning 80 innings, which has easily been one of the most dominant stretches during his young career. He failed on two or three pitches, which the Yankees capitalized on. Other than that, though, he was vintage deGrom.
Aug 10, 2017; DeGrom (48) in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park. Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY
Speaking of deGrom, I want to see the Mets sign him to an extension this winter. It's time. Technically, he has three full seasons of arbitration ahead of him before he gets to be a free agent during the winter of 2020. So, the Mets could and probably will punt on discussing a contract with him until after next offseason, at which point Matt Harvey's contract will be an afterthought (I'll write more on Harvey's status tomorrow).
But, at 29 years old, I've heard deGrom is open to the long-term security at the expense of potentially earning more money in arbitration. Right now, he has more to gain by covering those first few years of free agency, since he'll be 33 years old during that first summer on the hill with a new free agent contract. That's not old, but it's hardly young.
I'd love to see the Mets offer something around five years and $70 million, which would buy out two years of free agency and get him to freedom when he's 35 years old.